China which is already attempting to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, has now picked up a territorial dispute with Russia.
As per a report in WION, after Russian officials posted a video of 160th anniversary celebrations over the founding of Vladivostok on Weibo, Chinese officials quickly picked a bone with them by claiming that Vladivostok used to be Chinese territory in the 19th century.
This “tweet” of #Russian embassy to #China isn’t so welcome on Weibo
“The history of Vladivostok (literally 'Ruler of the East') is from 1860 when Russia built a military harbor.” But the city was Haishenwai as Chinese land, before Russia annexed it via unequal Treaty of Beijing. pic.twitter.com/ZmEWwOoDaA
— Shen Shiwei沈诗伟 (@shen_shiwei) July 2, 2020
🌞Good morning, #India!
— Russia in India (@RusEmbIndia) July 2, 2020
The report adds that Chinese officials responded to the Russian video by claiming that Vladivostok used to be Qing dynasty’s Manchurian homeland named Haishenwai but was annexed by Russia in 1860 after China’s second opium war defeat.
It should be noted that besides India, China is currently also embroiled in a territorial dispute with Japan and has been encroaching into its maritime territory.
also In South Korea, China claims islands in the country’s exclusive economic zone. And this is on good days. On bad days, China claims entire South Korea on historical grounds.
China also has an ongoing dispute with Tajikistan which dates back to 1884. China also lays claim to over 34,000 sq km of land in Kazakhstan.
In Kyrgyzstan, China says the entire territory should be a part of the chinese mainland. In 1999, it forced Kyrgyzstan to hand over 1,250 square km of land.
This brings us to Russia. China claims atleast 160,000 sq km of its land despite signing several agreements. Vladivostok is just the tip of the iceberg.
These were 13 in number. There are seven more — India, Nepal, Bhutan, Taiwan, Brunei, Mongolia and Singapore.
China has also targetted Japanese naval ships. It has encroached Indonesian fisheries. It conducts unwarranted drills near Taiwan. It has deployed exploration vessels near Indonesia. It has given chinese names to disputed islands.
In a nutshell, China has a dangerous hunger for land that belongs to others. And it doesn’t matter who the others are.
China’s expansionism has no filters. Not even for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.